Monday, February 23, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition: Christo Brock, Elizabeth Szymczak, Kamil Vojnar

February 24 - March 21, 2015

Reception: Saturday, February 28, 5-8 pm

Artist Talk : Saturday, March 7, 3 pm

Unwonted Eye, Christo Brock
Christo Brock, Tortured Orange Line, Photo on metal, 20 x 30 in
In his latest work, Brock continues to explore unwonted (unusual, unexpected) imagery from everyday life.  His eye ranges from the languid rolling ocean in “Ripples #3” to the macroscopic “Tortured Orange Line” and the enhanced fantastical forest-scape of “Christmas Trees”.  In all his imagery, printed exclusively on metal, Brock shows the unique vision that has characterized his work. 

It’s this metal surface that provides a medium to complete Brock’s abstraction of image.  These photographs don’t merely sit on the metal as a photograph - they seem to live in the metal.  His images shimmer and glisten, and the metal often adds a welcomed element of abstraction to his work.  At times, Brock plays with the metal, as if daring to evoke the molecules to speak. Dew Drops become glowing orbs, waves become undulating stripes of blue, trees become lines of color and depth.

Choreographed Color, Elizabeth Szymczak
Elizabeth Szymczak, Dream, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in.
"Contemporary figure painting has become, for the most part, too stabile. People sit, stand, or lie around the house or garden, stolid and inert, their poses without animation, often they seem as if they were stuffed. By not moving, they often fail to move us: the loss of animation has meant a loss to painting, in the range of both expression and subject matter,” wrote art historian Gerald Ackerman in his paper, “On Motion in Art”.

Elizabeth Szymczak captures the dynamism of motion, whilst maintaining an exemplary level of realism. She paints out of a love for dance and the expressing of emotion through movement. Szymczak’s paintings render what the figures are attempting to evoke.

As her latest body of work, Choreographed Color is a more positive collection. Szymczak concentration is centered on the blend of surrealism and realism. As in life, she is striving to find the right balance between expression and approach.

Just Pictures, Kamil Vojnar
Kamil Vojnar, From History of Aviation, mixed media on wood, 16 x 16 in.
Just Pictures is anything but… JUST PICTURES. Its a desperate cry, … it’s a hand sticking out from the water, trying to grab to whatever, to anything, that is still true and real, in today’s fast-paced world. Vojnar himself pronounces his work to be above everything else, … about collisions … “Of yellowish nostalgia, melancholy, of our sepia tinted past. colliding with the cold, ultra LED HDTV plasma, retina display, uninspiring, robotic present.”

Vojnar utilizes many paradoxical elements in his work. His pieces have a gritty, yet delicate and elegant feel. They are ethereal, yet remarkably tangible. The drips of paint, the layering of the image across numerous pieces of paper and the familiar elements and details in each piece (shoes, a sofa, a mirror, etc.) make the work part of our world. At the same time, central to the images are figures that are detached and untouchable. Like a muse or angels, they elude the viewer and perhaps the artist as well.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition: Vicky Hoffman, Joan Wynn, Joan Horsfall Young

Tuesday, Jan 27 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 31, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, February 7, 3 p.m.

Transitions, Vicky Hoffman

Vicky Hoffman, At a Crossroad, Mixed Media, 10 x 10"
Is it possible to go forward in life without dragging the past into the future? This is a question that Vicky Hoffman explores in her upcoming exhibition. Transitions require balance and spontaneity; an inquiring state of mind; a positive reflection in the face of negativity and still hold a vision for the future. Transitions enable us to make fundamental changes to how we see the world and respond creatively to our new reality, good or bad.

Hoffman’s aim with this body of work is to explore and renew the unexpected and sometimes unwelcomed transitions. Her work weaves between discourse, environmental influences and emotions. She uses maps, grids and tactile materials to provide a slightly more intimate perspective. She applies mixed media and encaustic paints to create a veil of light and depth as well as transparency to achieve an abstract environment.

Reality, Joan Wynn
Joan Wynn, I Think, Welded steel, 22 x 9 x 6.5" 
In Reality, Joan Wynn features sculptures that are inspired by her own life and by universal experience. Distilling memories from her past, Wynn creates figures and symbols that reflect isolation and longing. Her sculptures also draw on her current life and future goals. Wynn’s studies in ethics are a stimulus for sculptures included in Reality that raise broad questions of human existence. These issues include the extent to which boundaries between people are inevitable and how fully we can and should move beyond them. Other works explore whether our lives can be guided by intentional trajectories. And still others reflect our need to create groups that privilege their members while excluding others. Most of Wynn’s work is welded from recycled steel that carries the scarring, patinas and wear from past use adding to the depth of her sculptures.

Pretty Things, Joan Horsfall Young
Joan Horsfall Young, Pretty Lady, Oil on linen, 30 x 24"
With her latest body of work, artist Joan Horsfall Young contemplates the qualities that render something pretty. “Although ‘pretty’ is an unnecessary accessory, it rests upon the underlying depth, wisdom and simplicity that supports it,” says Horsfall Young. Horsfall Young presents her viewers with motifs of elegant simplicity that call for a closer look. With her still life study Pretty Lady, Horsfall Young portrays a delicate Chinese statue with attention to history. “Empress Xiaochengren completed the monumental task of compiling the first dictionary of Chinese characters - 45,000 in all,” says Horsfall Young. “However, she is most remembered for being pretty, or enchanting - was it her laborious work that made her appearance so charming?” Using masterful buttery paint application, her works illustrate an immediacy of technique that is rooted in her plein air background. Subtle highlights and shifts in color convey tranquility, coaxing viewers to pause from life’s bustling chaos.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Coming Exhibition: TAG Group Show 2015

January 6 - 24, 2015 

Reception: Saturday, Jan. 17, 5-8 pm

The group show features work of all 42 gallery artists.

For this show, TAG Gallery is supporting our local community by donating 25% of sales proceeds to the non-profit organization, Chrysalis. Chrysalis creates a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing resources to find and retain employment. For more information on Chrysalis, visit